Admissions

Make this the summer you dive into marine science at Shoals Marine Laboratory! Our academic team will help you through all steps of our admissions process. Please follow the steps below, and we look forward to seeing you on Appledore Island this summer!

Step 1: Online Inquiry Form

Students must first submit general information to SML before course registration and formal enrollment. Please use the button below to complete the online inquiry form. You will hear back from an SML Academic Coordinator with further instructions within 4-5 business days.

ONLINE INQUIRY FORM


Step 2: Financial Support & Scholarships

SML offers need-based and merit-based scholarships to eligible undergraduates who enroll in SML credit courses. All students (undergraduates and high school) qualify for multi-course scholarships when taking more than one SML course in the same summer. You can also apply for a student staff job on Appledore Island to offset the cost of your tuition.

MORE ABOUT FINANCIAL SUPPORT


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STEP 3: PRE-REGISTRATION

Once your inquiry form and financial support information have been received and reviewed, your SML Academic Coordinator will send you a pre-registration confirmation letter via e-mail, which includes information about course tuition, fees, financial assistance, and enrollment instructions. Students cannot enroll in SML courses until they receive this letter.


Step 4: Course Enrollment

  1. Financial Support: If you are interested in applying for SML scholarships or SML student staff, please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Enrollment: Students who have received a pre-registration letter (Step 3 above) should: 
    • Submit payment amount listed on your pre-registration letter via Cornell CashnetNote: This does not show up as a balance due in your bursar account. Be sure to only pay the amount listed on your pre-registration letter. Installment payments are not available for summer courses. Any outstanding balances of $500 or more must be paid in order to enroll in summer courses.
    • Send an email to Cornell SCE accounting (cusceacct@cornell.edu) notifying them that you have submitted payment. Please include in your email a copy of your SML pre-registration letter (as attachment or in body of email).
  3. Confirmation: Cornell SCE will verify that payment has been received and will finalize your enrollment. The Cornell SCE office will notify you when your enrollment has been completed. The enrollment process can take between 48-72 hours to finalize.

Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until full payment is made and enrollment via Cornell SCE is complete.

  1. Financial Support: If you are interested in applying for SML scholarships or SML student staff (Step 2 above), please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Registration: Students who have received a pre-registration confirmation letter from an SML Academic Coordinator (Step 3 above) can register through UNH Summer Session in Webcat beginning March 21.
  3. Payment: Full payment will be expected at time of registration. Please refer to your pre-registration confirmation for your exact payment amount. Payments can be made online or over the phone:
    • Online payments can be made in Webcat. Students are charged a 2.75% processing fee if paying online with a credit or debit card. 
    • To pay over the phone, you can reach the UNH Billing Services office at (603) 862-2230. Payment can be made via eCheck by providing bank routing and account information over the phone.
    • If applicable, scholarships will be applied to your account AFTER you register and pay. Only pay the amount you owe as indicated in your pre-registration confirmation.
    • Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until payment has been made.
  1. Financial Support: If you are interested in applying for SML scholarships or SML student staff (Step 2 above), please apply for these opportunities before you enroll in a course.
  2. Account Creation & Registration: Students who have received a pre-registration confirmation from an SML Academic Coordinator (Step 3 above) can register through the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Summer Session beginning March 21. Call the UNH Registrar's Office with your Social Security Number to create your UNH student account and register for a course. You can reach the Registrar's Office at (603) 862-1500. 
  3. Payment: Full payment will be expected at time of registration. Please refer to your pre-registration confirmation for your exact payment amount. After creating your UNH student account, you can make your course payment over the phone or online:
    • To pay over the phone, the Registrar’s Office can transfer your call to UNH Billing Services at the time of registration, or you can reach UNH Billing Services directly at (603) 862-2230. Payment can be made via eCheck by providing bank routing and account information over the phone.
    • Online payments can be made using your online Webcat login, which will be available 24-48 hours after registration. Please refer to the instructions you receive in the "Welcome" email from the Registrar's Office. Students are charged a 2.75% processing fee if paying online with a credit or debit card.
    • If applicable, scholarships will be applied to your account AFTER you register and pay. Only pay the amount you owe as indicated in your pre-registration confirmation.
    • Please note: Your seat in the course is not reserved until payment has been made.

International students only: If you are an international student not currently enrolled in an American institution, you will need to work with your SML Academic Coordinator and UNH's Office of International Students & Scholars in order to obtain the correct visa. This process can take weeks to months to complete, so contact SML as soon as possible to get the process underway.

Accessibility & Accommodations

SML seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where students are able to participate fully in the SML experience. Students have the right (and responsibility) to self-disclose and make use of the services, resources, and accommodations available. Because Appledore Island is a remote location, any special arrangements need time and planning to be enacted. SML appreciates early notification for accommodation requests (3-4 weeks before the course start date). To begin this process, students with disabilities or accommodations must contact the appropriate Cornell or UNH office before beginning their course on Appledore Island and have a plan in place before their course begins:


Transcripts

Faculty members may or may not have final grades ready to share with students by the last day of an SML course. Official grades for SML courses are typically posted via the registrar's office within 3-4 weeks after a course ends. Transcripts can be requested after the summer session ends in late August. (SML cannot request transcripts on your behalf.) To find out your SML grade(s):